The Yankees’ offense struggled, putting up one run against Eduardo Rodriguez who came into the game sporting an ERA over eight. Surprise?
This game was a lot like a lot of Yankees’ games we’ve seen this season. The starting pitcher, in this case CC Sabathia, battled for a while before the opposing team eventually tagged him. The offense had no answer and the Yankees lost. In this case, it was a 5-2 loss to the Red Sox.
Boston opened the scoring in the top of the third. Bryce Bentz reached on a Didi Gregorius throwing error to start the inning. After Sandy Leon lined out, Mookie Betts singled. Dustin Pedoria followed that with a walk, loading the bases. Sabathia then appeared to get out of the jam when Xander Bogaerts grounded into a double play. However, the Red Sox reviewed the play, and Bogaerts had clearly beat the throw to first. That reversal allowed a run to score, making it 1-0 Red Sox.
The Yankees answered in the bottom of the third. After the first two batters of the inning went down fairly easily, Brett Gardner hit a solo shot into the bullpen, tying the game at one.
However, the Red Sox would retake the lead right away in the fourth. Jackie Bradley Jr. reached on an infield single to lead off the inning. After Aaron Hill popped up, Bentz added a single. Leon then plated a run with a single of his own, giving the Red Sox a 2-1 lead.
The Yankees threatened to score in the fifth, but ended up stranding runners. That came back to haunt them in the sixth. Bradley led off the sixth with a single. Hill then singled on a slow roller, with a throwing error by Chase Headley allowing both runners to move up. After Bentz grounded out, Leon crushed a three-run home run, putting Boston up 5-1.
Other than a Headley home run in the eighth, the Yankees had no answer after that. They dropped another game, and falling to two games under .500. They will wrap up the series against the Red Sox tomorrow night. Masahiro Tanaka and David Price will be the starting pitchers.